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Brewster’s SB2A Buccaneer

4 March 2013

Brewster’s SB2A Buccaneer

 — photo by Joseph May

The Brewster SB2A Buccaneer on exhibit at the National Naval Aviation Museum — photo by Joseph May

Brewster SB2A Buccaneers, the WW II naval aircraft with internal bomb bays and powered rear turrets armed with a pair of 0.30 caliber machine guns, did not serve significantly in the U.S. Navy but many were exported to Great Britain as well as the Netherlands government-in-exile during in WW II. The restoration story of this aircraft is more of a saga than most and the story can be read here. It is a tale of trial and perseverance to be sure. Now one of only two on display it can be seen at the National Naval Aviation Museum.

 — photo by Joseph May

The Buccaneer’s  pilot cockpit — photo by Joseph May

 — photo by Joseph May

The rear twin 0.30 machine gun mount was powerful for the day — photo by Joseph May

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